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Horizon Europe

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 71260, tabled on 8 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to paragraph 2.38 of the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021, what his timeframe is for association with Horizon Europe.

Answered on

15 November 2021

The UK and the EU agreed the terms for our association to Horizon Europe under the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. The UK stands ready to formalise our association to EU programmes at the earliest opportunity, but disappointingly there have been persistent delays from the EU.

We see no legal or practical reason why we should not be able to formalise our participation swiftly, and urge the EU to do so.

Our priority is to support our UK’s R&D sector and we will continue to do this in all future scenarios. We have been allocated funding for full association to Horizon Europe, as stated in the Spending Review. In the event that the UK is unable to associate, the funding put aside for Horizon association will go to UK government R&D programmes.

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